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date: 18 August 2019


A Dictionary of Sports Studies

Alan Tomlinson

A club-and-ball game for individual players or team formations, played on manufactured courses in open countryside, and known as ‘links’ when by the coast. The origins of the modern form of the sport have been identified in Scotland, though some make a case for the Netherlands as the birthplace of the game. In Scotland, in the 15th century the game was prohibited by royal decree. Nevertheless, it flourished among both the privileged and the general populace. The first golf club, in Leith in Scotland, dates from ... ...

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